Man dies Saturday following ATV accident

Employee of Water, Gas and Light Commission ejected from ATV in Baker County

NEWTON — A 38-year-old man died from injuries he sustained in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle in Baker County over the weekend, officials from the Georgia State Patrol said.

Trooper First Class Robert Corvin from the GSP Post in Albany said the accident was called in just before 9 p.m. on Friday from Clear Lake Road. Water Lofton, 38, was reportedly on a 2007 Honda four-wheeler traveling east on Clear Lake Road at the time of the accident. A tree had fallen across the road, and as Lofton was traveling, he tried to go onto the north shoulder when he lost control of the vehicle and was ejected.

The vehicle, Corvin said, continued to flip before it came to rest on the treeline of the south shoulder. Lofton, a 20-year employee of the Water, Gas and Light Commission, was rushed to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital with head injuries and internal injuries. He was taken into emergency surgery, but died around noon on Saturday. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, Corvin said.

It is believed that Lofton lost control of the ATV as a result of his attempt to move around the obstruction in the roadway. The incident remains under investigation, Corvin said.